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Patrick Curtin wrote:

Another gorgeous day. It's a wonderful time to be alive. Joy fills my heart, and I am grateful for the many small delights life presents me daily. I hope you all experience joy and satisfaction this fine day.

*blink*

I hope so too!

Erm, I mean,... You too monkey! :D


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Big change for me... Well, not so much big change as reverting to natural state after almost a year: my friends that were living with since July will be moving out next month to another city. I need to speak with them about details...

It has a big negative of having unfinished Pathfinder campaign that involves them as 1/3rd of the party and significant chunk of party dps (2-hander Paladin who always uses Power Attack, she annihilates most opposition, and she almost never uses smite evil...; and the super-heavy armored tower shield-bearing fighter, retrained from using glaive). I could look for replacement but a) most people I know are prefer playing rules-light, b) campaign is at 80-90% done anyway so should I really invite people for a finish that will lack a lot of context for them?


Callous Jack wrote:
The Whedonverse wrote:

sniffs deeply, his stolen youth.

Oh, man! This is exactly what I needed to create next superhero ensemble. Agent Carter in Bedknobs & Broomsticks

I blame Freehold for this.

but...I warned everyone!

Sovereign Court

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Freehold DM wrote:
Callous Jack wrote:
The Whedonverse wrote:

sniffs deeply, his stolen youth.

Oh, man! This is exactly what I needed to create next superhero ensemble. Agent Carter in Bedknobs & Broomsticks

I blame Freehold for this.
but...I warned everyone!

Your warning set in motion a quantum-level event which leaves us trapped in a newly-created parallel timeline full of Whedonizations.


Callous Jack wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Callous Jack wrote:
The Whedonverse wrote:

sniffs deeply, his stolen youth.

Oh, man! This is exactly what I needed to create next superhero ensemble. Agent Carter in Bedknobs & Broomsticks

I blame Freehold for this.
but...I warned everyone!
Your warning set in motion a quantum-level event which leaves us trapped in a newly-created parallel timeline full of Whedonizations.

Wait, are you sure that was Freehold? That sounds much more like something Rip "Captain The Worst" Hunter would do.

Silver Crusade

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Is it Friday yet?

Oh wait, yes it is. Yay!


Is it Monday yet?

***

Damn...


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Rant:
I was invited to a friend's bachelor party, which was tonight. I was asked to meet them at a local bar at 10 PM. I get there at 9:50 PM. I spend the next 30 minutes looking around the place for everyone, then spend another 40 just sitting in the entryway. Finally, I give up and go home. I check my Facebook account, and there are like five messages from the guy, all of which consist of "u here?" I inform my friend that no, in fact, I went home because I couldn't find him or his friends in the crowded bar, and he never called me. His response was to the effect of "But I sent you a message on Facebook." My reply: "I have a flip-phone, genius." To which he responded, "You can't get Facebook on a flip phone?" F!%~ing idiot.


Oh lawdy, another weekend night in bizzaro land


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Oh lawdy, another weekend night in bizarro land

Better or worse than another weekday morning in the snake pit?


David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Oh lawdy, another weekend night in bizarro land
Better or worse than another weekday morning in the snake pit?

That afternoon in the chamber of fire wasn't fun.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Eh, it's a prediction. Hoping I'm wrong. And Dragon speech software looks like it will be useful with one hand or two. Could be a good investment!
You might be surprised at your typing speed. I was without use of my left index finger for a couple months, and found I could type at 75-80% of normal speed (which is usually about 85 to 90 wpm). You may be able to work around it, keeping the finger in a splint so you don't find yourself moving it involuntarily.

I can type fairly well for a while, then - because the ring finger is being held straight - my middle and pinkie fingers lock up and won't bend. My accuracy is terrible. I think having the finger gone would be better than having it there and splinted.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a wonder, though. I have found a way to have it automatically transcribe the audio files I've been working on. I have to go behind and punctuate it, but that's only one listen through the file for me instead of the usual 3. AND, I can correct and punctuate the bulk of it with Dragon. So it will boost my throughput.

Realize, too, that the initial injury was not only to my ring finger, but it also strained the neighbor fingers and two fingers on my right hand. I was miserable typing for a while. Now I have muddled along with this entire post without much trouble!

Aaaaaand... coffee is ready! Woo!


Good to hear that's working out for you Treppa.

i have not slept since 7am yesterday. I am feeling a bit stretched.

Still, I am not worried about money, so that's good


Don't go without too much sleep, monkey. I know you guys keep saying sleep is for the weak (or rich), but my docs told me I better damned well start getting more sleep, or my heart would start failing. So there's that... And I have listened to them.


All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.

Besides, I just got a half hour nap in. It felt So good


Take care of yourself so you can get there.

[/grandmother mode]


Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.

Myth. Doesn't exist.


Treppa wrote:
[/grandmother mode]

Grandmother mode on this thread, and sulky teenage girl mode in the PbP thread. Talk about mood whiplash.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Treppa wrote:
[/grandmother mode]
Grandmother mode on this thread, and sulky teenage girl mode in the PbP thread. Talk about mood whiplash.

What can I say? I'm versatile!


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Tammy's complicated.


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Tammy the Lich wrote:
Tammy's complicated.

She's a grade-A b#!@+.


She is a grade A b&#$~.


David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.

I've seen it! It's real!!!


Finally nap time!


He's going to get to a 9-5 job, work it for about 2 months, and miss the outdoors, the crazy schedules, and the freedom...


Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!

It's a fake.


Fortune Cookie wrote:
He's going to get to a 9-5 job, work it for about 2 months, and miss the outdoors, the crazy schedules, and the freedom...

I used to think so. I didn't want to "sell out" "be corporate " "be a member of the herd". I swore I'd never wear a suit, and I'd forge my own path.

What I have discovered, Lo these 30 years past, is that you might not sell out in one way, but you end up selling out in another. You pay for your defiance in long hours and financial insecurity. You end up selling your life away in minimally-paid-for chunks. I might work outside, but I weild a trimmer or a mulch fork for 7 hours straight. I might make ok money without being in a cubicle, but I am parked in a parking lot at 2am.


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Lest that post seem overly negative, let me assure those reading that I feel no regrets for my path. I just feel that there is a thread of hostility towards professional jobs in the culture, that somehow having one makes one less free. I used to feel that way, but now I feel that if you must work, you should work a normal schedule with a liveable wage. I don't even have the excuse of an artistic bent. I just didn't want to wear a tie :P.


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On to happier subjects...Plants! I bought some lovely heirloom tomato plants today. Green, gold, and purple fruits. Red tomatoes are so 20th Century


I have a lovely day scheduled tomorrow, weather permitting. I will be traveling to that quintessential Cape village of Chatham, land of overpriced boutiques and Great White sharks. I have a friend up there with whom I have gamed in the past. She is currently in the throes of early motherhood, so all gaming is in abeyance until her progeny is a bit more self reliant. We'll hit the yard sales and push the wee bairn about the streets.


hi everyone,

nice sunny sunday so far,

they forecasted 28*C/82F today and 12*C/53F tommorow o.O


David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.

9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?


aeglos wrote:

hi everyone,

nice sunny sunday so far,

they forecasted 28*C/82F today and 12*C/53F tommorow o.O

I see Hessia is very similar to New England in weather variability

There is an old saying here. "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes"

Living in El Paso and Monterrey were boring though. There might be a bit of seasonal variation, but for the most part it was sunny. All day, every day.


aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?

That's the dream...


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By the way, aeglos' appearance reminds me of something. Any of you world builders out there want an excellent template for a tempestuous confederation of micro states do yourself a favor and read up on the Holy Roman Empire. Neither Holy, Roman, or an empire, it nonetheless defined politics in Central Europe for centuries. The member states were a fascinating hodgepodge of governing styles, and the Elector system of awarding the Imperial title was textbook political chicanery. American schools don't even mention this period in history (at least mine didn't). It's fascinating research material for anyone who wants high-level political theater in their games.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?
That's the dream...

Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.


Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:

hi everyone,

nice sunny sunday so far,

they forecasted 28*C/82F today and 12*C/53F tommorow o.O

I see Hessia is very similar to New England in weather variability

There is an old saying here. "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes"

Living in El Paso and Monterrey were boring though. There might be a bit of seasonal variation, but for the most part it was sunny. All day, every day.

always sunnywould make me depressed quickly, I need seasons and weather changes, sunny is nice and, well, shiny - for a time, but a few weeksof summer make me wish for thunderstorms and rain


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
By the way, aeglos' appearance reminds me of something. Any of you world builders out there want an excellent template for a tempestuous confederation of micro states do yourself a favor and read up on the Holy Roman Empire. Neither Holy, Roman, or an empire, it nonetheless defined politics in Central Europe for centuries. The member states were a fascinating hodgepodge of governing styles, and the Elector system of awarding the Imperial title was textbook political chicanery. American schools don't even mention this period in history (at least mine didn't). It's fascinating research material for anyone who wants high-level political theater in their games.

and when you all come visiting I can show you the remains of that time like one of the palaces of Emporer Friedrich the First "Barbarossa" here in my hometown.

Like all the Emporers of the Holy Roman Empire he had no permanat residence and was constantly on the move from Empirial Free City to Free City.

And I can show you the city hall of Frankfurt (called "the Roman") where the 7 Lord Electors gathered to elect the next King of Germany, who could be meade Holy Roman Emporer of the German Nation by the pope.

On the balcony of the Roman the new King would present himself to the gathering people and throw a big party with dozens of roasted oxens
German soccer national teams who win international titels present themself today on the same balcony with their trophy.

the German states and our Federal system goes back to the borders during the holy roamn empire


Treppa wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?
That's the dream...
Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.

I'm too old and wily for that.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
By the way, aeglos' appearance reminds me of something. Any of you world builders out there want an excellent template for a tempestuous confederation of micro states do yourself a favor and read up on the Holy Roman Empire. Neither Holy, Roman, or an empire, it nonetheless defined politics in Central Europe for centuries. The member states were a fascinating hodgepodge of governing styles, and the Elector system of awarding the Imperial title was textbook political chicanery. American schools don't even mention this period in history (at least mine didn't). It's fascinating research material for anyone who wants high-level political theater in their games.

Not even to explain "Third" in Third Reich as a context of the World War II?!


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Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
By the way, aeglos' appearance reminds me of something. Any of you world builders out there want an excellent template for a tempestuous confederation of micro states do yourself a favor and read up on the Holy Roman Empire. Neither Holy, Roman, or an empire, it nonetheless defined politics in Central Europe for centuries. The member states were a fascinating hodgepodge of governing styles, and the Elector system of awarding the Imperial title was textbook political chicanery. American schools don't even mention this period in history (at least mine didn't). It's fascinating research material for anyone who wants high-level political theater in their games.
Not even to explain "Third" in Third Reich as a context of the World War II?!

for our Americans:

1. Reich:
The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation,
lasted for almostexactly 1000 years until Napoleon conquered it ( itwasn't in good shape anyway)
Nationalversammlung: Revolution and 1. Democray after napoleon lasted for one summer in 1849
2.Reich:
The Prussian-German Empire, mid-19th century Prussian King Wilhelm the first and his chancelor Bismark united Germany (without Austria) and declared Wilhelm Emporer.
lasted until his grandson Wilhelm ll. and World War 1
Weimar Republic: 2. Democracy lasted until 1933 and the Nazis took over
3. Reich:
proclaimed by Hitler and he bosted it would last 1000 years again
Bonner Republic: 3. Democracy from 1945 until German unity 1989
Berliner republic: since then


Geman Democracys: Black Red and Gold Flag

2.Reich and 3. Reich: Black white Red

Holy Empire: Black Eagle on golden field

Scarab Sages

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?
That's the dream...
Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.
I'm too old and wily for that.

Salaried work ain't that bad. Especially if the salary is high enough....


Aberzombie wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?
That's the dream...
Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.
I'm too old and wily for that.
Salaried work ain't that bad. Especially if the salary is high enough....

Depends on the boss/manager/management. Good boss/bad boss can change a lot.


Aberzombie wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?
That's the dream...
Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.
I'm too old and wily for that.
Salaried work ain't that bad. Especially if the salary is high enough....

There is that. Pay me enough and I'm yours for 50+ hrs a week. It'll still feel like a vacation..


Drejk wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
By the way, aeglos' appearance reminds me of something. Any of you world builders out there want an excellent template for a tempestuous confederation of micro states do yourself a favor and read up on the Holy Roman Empire. Neither Holy, Roman, or an empire, it nonetheless defined politics in Central Europe for centuries. The member states were a fascinating hodgepodge of governing styles, and the Elector system of awarding the Imperial title was textbook political chicanery. American schools don't even mention this period in history (at least mine didn't). It's fascinating research material for anyone who wants high-level political theater in their games.
Not even to explain "Third" in Third Reich as a context of the World War II?!

Nope.

Let's face it. Aside from a few folks, Americans are rather tone-deaf to history. It comes from living in a large, isolated recent country. We have history, but we are not surrounded by pieces of it like those aeglos referenced above in his hometown and Frankfurt. I live in one of the oldest European-settled areas, and I think the oldest building still standing around here dates to 1670. You can likely rent houses in Europe that old without too much of a problem.

Plus our culture is very forward-facing. It's all about the now, not the then. Heck, we barely covered WWI in school in the 80s. I'm sure they are glossing over WWII at this point.


Like aeglos also mentioned at a previous time, he lives in a house that has belonged to his family for generations. I don't even know where my grandparents grew up, let alone what the house looked like.


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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
aeglos wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Patrick Curtin wrote:
All working towards an eventual goal of a sane 9-5 M-F schedule in a year.
Myth. Doesn't exist.
I've seen it! It's real!!!
It's a fake.
9 o clock till 5 o clock monday to friday ?
That's the dream...
Just don't let them sucker you into never-ending salaried work.
I'm too old and wily for that.
Salaried work ain't that bad. Especially if the salary is high enough....
There is that. Pay me enough and I'm yours for 50+ hrs a week. It'll still feel like a vacation..

You fools! :shakefist:


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The only place I learned European history was in French class, where we learned French history in French. US history education is pretty sad.


Yesterday's life lesson: Dragon does not handle the accent of an Italian man educated in Britain particularly gracefully.

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